Mother’s Day Gift Ideas: Memoir & essay

 Read reviewEmotional Female

Emotional Female

Yumiko Kadota

Emotional Female charts Kadota's rugged journey through ambition and dedication to exploitation and eventual collapse - and beyond.

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Monsters

Monsters

Alison Croggon

From award-winning writer and critic Alison Croggon, Monsters is a hybrid of memoir and essay that takes as its point of departure the painful breakdown of a relationship between two sisters. 

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 Read reviewThe Shape of Sound

The Shape of Sound

Fiona Murphy

A vivid and essential memoir of deafness, disability and identity by Australian writer Fiona Murphy

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 Read reviewMy Rock 'n' Roll Friend

My Rock ‘n’ Roll Friend

Tracey Thorn

An exploration of female friendship and women in music, from the iconic singer-songwriter and bestselling author of Another Planet and Bedsit Disco Queen

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Mother and I: The History of a Wilful Family

Mother and I: The History of a Wilful Family

Ianto Ware

Driven by humour, insight, and love, this is part family memoir, part history of working class life, and part homage to suburban eccentricity

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Women of a Certain Rage

Women of a Certain Rage

Liz Byrski

This book is the result of what happened when Liz Byrski asked twenty Australian women from widely different backgrounds, races, beliefs and identities to take up the challenge of writing about rage.

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Lowitja

Lowitja

Stuart Rintoul, Lowitja O'Donoghue

Lowitja O'Donoghue is a truly great Australian. She is arguably our nation's most recognised Indigenous woman. A powerful and unrelenting advocate for her people, an inspiration for many, a former Australian of the Year, she sat...

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Duchess Countess

Duchess Countess

Catherine Ostler

The remarkable story of the 18th century aristocrat who scandalised the nation

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Elizabeth & Margaret: The Intimate World of the Windsor Sisters

Elizabeth & Margaret: The Intimate World of the Windsor Sisters

Andrew Morton

A captivating and unique biography of Queen Elizabeth II and her sister Margaret, told by the internationally renowned royal biographer Andrew Morton.

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 Read reviewThe Believer

The Believer

Sarah Krasnostein

From award-winning author Sarah Krasnostein comes an exploration of the power of belief.     

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Turns Out, I'm Fine: How Not to Fall Apart

Turns Out, I’m Fine: How Not to Fall Apart

Judith Lucy

In her most candid and insightful book yet, Judith looks at her family and relationships to understand how despite being a feminist, her hopes and expectations have been shaped by men - including her work.

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Becoming

Becoming

Michelle Obama

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her -- from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years...

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Old Seems to be Other People

Old Seems to be Other People

Lily Brett

Sparkling with wit and wisdom, Old Seems to be Other People is a collection of essays by Lily Brett that explores the hilarity, challenges and poignancy of getting older. Stories are simultaneously hilarious, serious and utterly...

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You Don't Belong Here

You Don’t Belong Here

Elizabeth Becker

The never-before-told story of three women who courageously reported from the frontlines of the Vietnam War.     

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Buried Not Dead

Buried Not Dead

Fiona McGregor

A collection of essays on art, literature and performance, sexuality, activism and the life of the city.

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Growing Up Disabled in Australia

Growing Up Disabled in Australia

Carly Findlay

Growing Up Disabled in Australia is the fifth book in the highly acclaimed, bestselling Growing Up series. It includes interviews with prominent Australians such as Senator Jordon Steele-John and Paralympian Isis Holt, poetry and...

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 Read reviewThe Hard Crowd

The Hard Crowd

Rachel Kushner

From the Booker Prize-shortlisted author of The Mars Room, a wildly original first essay collection about living fast and free in a crowded world

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 Read reviewMantel Pieces

Mantel Pieces

Hilary Mantel

A stunning collection of essays and memoir from twice Booker Prize winner and international bestseller Hilary Mantel, author of the Wolf Hall Trilogy.    

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Two Cultures, One Story

Two Cultures, One Story

Dr Robert Isaacs, Tanaz Byramji

Told with grace and strength, this memoir shares the inside story of a respected Elder and his drive to break down cultural barriers and improve the lives of his people.

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 Read reviewOne Day I'll Remember This: Diaries 1987-1995

One Day I’ll Remember This: Diaries 1987-1995

Helen Garner

In this second volume of diaries from one of Australia's greatest writers, we see Garner in love; asking herself questions about relationships, individuality, morality and contentment.      

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Searching for Charlotte

Searching for Charlotte

Kate Forsyth, Belinda Murrell

The extraordinary, long-buried life story of Australia's earliest published children's author, Searching for Charlotte combines elements of biography, recreation of history and rediscovery of family history. It is a sometimes...

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Only Happiness Here

Gabrielle Carey

Elizabeth von Arnim is one of the early 20th century's most famous - and forgotten -authors. Her novels were ahead of their time in their representation of women and their pursuit of happiness.

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A Body of Water

A Body of Water

Beverley Farmer

A new edition of Beverley Farmer's out-of-print classic A Body of Water, which in its mixing of genres - essay, memoir, fiction, folk tale - opened up new frontiers for Australian literature 

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Healing Lives

Healing Lives

Sue Williams

Two incredible women, an unlikely friendship, and a united mission to save the lives of some of the world's poorest and most desperate women.

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Love Marriage in Kabul

Love Marriage in Kabul

Sanaz Fotouhi

In 2006, Sanaz Fotouhi, a young woman in her twenties, travels to Afghanistan with her partner to make a film Seven years and four trips later their feature documentary Love Marriage in Kabul wins awards and the hearts of...

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A Repurposed Life

A Repurposed Life

Jessica Chapnik Kahn, Ronni Kahn

Life throws us mysterious ingredients. If we are brave enough to put the recipe aside and experiment, it's right there that things get interesting.

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Lioness

Lioness

Sue Brierley

Saroo Brierley's journey home to a small village in India with the help of Google Earth became an internationally bestselling book and inspired the major motion picture Lion. But the story of how his adoptive mother, Sue, came...

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